Bucs sweep Big South doubleheader at Presbyterian to move back above .500 in conference play

Bucs sweep Big South doubleheader at Presbyterian to move back above .500 in conference play

CLINTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern captured both games of the doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon as the Buccaneers rode the hot-handed pitching by Arizona Pilgrim and Holly Clark to top the Blue Hose, 7-0, and 1-0.

CSU (12-27, 6-5 Big South) runs its winning streak to three games as the Bucs shut down the Blue Hose offense on the day surrendering just seven hits over the two games.

Arizona Pilgrim and Holly Clark both picked up conference wins in the circle with the duo combining to pitch 12.0 innings and allowing six hits while striking out 10.

Game One: Charleston Southern 7, Presbyterian 0
Charleston Southern pounded out 11 hits, while senior right-hander Arizona Pilgrim went five shutout innings to pace the Buccaneers to the win in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Annie Bakenhus singled in Meghan Gagliano in the top of the third inning, while Summer Moore added a two-run triple late as all nine CSU batters in the lineup reached base in the first game. Bakenhus, Jade Gandara, and Moore all had two hits apiece, while Gandara and Moore added doubles in the game.

Helped by the run support, Pilgrim (8-15) surrendered just two singles while striking out four through five innings' work. Alyssa Heinrich closed out the game surrendering just a single over the final two innings.

Alyssa Batastini (6-17) suffered the loss after going the first 5.1 innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. Courtney White allowed two runs over the final 1.2 innings.

How They Scored

  • Bakenhus put the Bucs on the board in the top of the third inning as the senior left fielder singled home Gagliano to put CSU ahead 1-0.
  • Rhiana Hubbard and Gagliano added RBI groundouts in the top of the fourth inning to stretch the Bucs' lead to 3-0.
  • CSU tacked on four more runs in the top of the sixth as Bakenhus and Gandara both recorded RBI singles, while Moore's two-run triple capped the scoring in the game.

Game Two: Charleston Southern 1, Presbyterian 0
Sarah Brown scored the lone run of the game in the top of the second inning and strong pitching by Holly Clark and Arizona Pilgrim helped the Bucs hold off the Blue Hose to complete the doubleheader sweep on Wednesday.

Caitlyn Emberson and Brown picked up both of CSU's hits late in the game as PC starter Taylor Ward carried a no-hitter through the first four innings. However, the Bucs took advantage of a trio of PC errors in the contest with Brown scoring on a throwing error to put CSU on the board.

Clark (3-9) went the first 4.1 innings allowing just three hits and four strikeouts in the win. The junior right-hander pitched around four walks before turning the ball over to Pilgrim in the fifth. The senior right-hander went the final 2.2 innings striking out two to pick up her first save of the season.

Ward (4-7) went the distance in the loss for the Blue Hose allowing just two hits and the one unearned run. She struck out six in the losing effort.

Jonnie Petree led the Blue Hose with two hits in the game, while Courtney White connected on a double in the bottom of the seventh to highlight the PC efforts.

How They Scored

  • Brown took advantage of a pair of PC errors and a stolen base to score on SeaEnna Satcher's fielder's choice in the top of the second inning. The sophomore reached on an error and advanced to second on the plate, and then stole third before coming around to put CSU ahead 1-0.
  • Presbyterian put runners in scoring position in all but the sixth inning, but the Blue Hose were unable to come up with the timely hit to keep the game alive. 

News & Notes

  • Charleston Southern is back over .500 in Big South play following the pair of wins over the Blue Hose as CSU improved to 6-5 in conference competition.
  • The Bucs are one of four teams in the conference boasting above .500 records joining USC Upstate (5-4), Campbell (7-2), and Longwood (5-1).
  • Due to the unique nature of the Big South schedule, the Bucs and Blue Hose will complete the season series next Wednesday in Clinton, S.C. with a single game.
  • Sarah Brown picked up her team-leading 10th stolen base of the season in the second-game win.
  • Holly Clark picked up her first win in Big South play on the season in game two of the doubleheader.
  • Arizona Pilgrim breached the 30-appearance mark and stretched her streak to 12 consecutive games in the circle after appearing in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Up Next
Charleston Southern returns to the Blue Hose Softball Complex next Wednesday as CSU closes out the season series against Presbyterian. First pitch in the single game matchup is set for 3 p.m.

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